Sep 4, 2020: Ever wondered how to get your research into the media? Public relevance and good timing are essential for media coverage. If you’re keen to share your research in the public sphere, think about how you can connect it to issues that are being debated in the media, or pinpoint any anniversaries or key dates which might create public relevance and use those as opportunities to showcase your work.
We’re excited to share three recent examples of #NVJSalumni who’ve made strategic use of timing and emerging public debates to demonstrate the importance of their research and build their public profiles.
Gwyn McClelland: ABC Big Ideas
It seems like we’ve always got some exciting news about NVJS11 author Gwyn McClelland. Last month, Gwyn spoke as part of a panel titled Remembering the Atomic Bombs: History, Memory and Politics in Australia, Japan and the Pacific, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan. The panel was broadcast by the Big Ideas program on ABC Radio National, and is also available as on-demand audio.
Sonja Petrovic: Japan on the Record
Also last month, NVJS11 author Sonja Petrovic was interviewed on the academic podcast channel, Japan on the Record. In the episode, titled COVID-19 and Media Credibility, Sonja discusses how changing patterns of media consumption in Japan following the 3.11 disaster have informed “popular reception of the Japanese government response to COVID-19.” Sonja nimbly pivots from her PhD topic of post-3.11 media use in Japan, showing how her findings can help us to understand emerging issues today.
Shannon Whiley: The Conversation
In late April this year, NVJS10 and NVJS12 author Shannon Whiley co-wrote an article for The Conversation which linked her research on the historical experiences of Nikkei-Australian WWII soldiers to Anzac Day and incidences of anti-Asian racism in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia. The article seeks to shed light on the experiences of Asian Australians in today’s context by sharing stories of Asian Australians from the past.
Are you an NVJS author whose work has recently been in the media? Let us know at newvoices(A)jpf.org.au.